The International federation of Journalists called for an immediate and unconditional release of the journalist Zoran Bozinovski. In a letter addressed to the President of Macedonia, and to the Prosecutor's Office, the secretary and the president of the International federation of Jounralists denounced the prolonged pre-trial detention of Bozinovski, charged for spying and accused to be a member of an organized crime ring.
The Committee for the protection of Journalists, based in New York, was granted the status of Ngo, with an accreditation at the United Nations. The decision was taken with a resolution approved yesterday by the Economic and social council of the UN. The council gave the Committee “a special advisory status as an Ngo“.
Macedonian media have signed a charter of ethical reporting, but some of them keep on violating the code and reporting unprofessionally. The Council on Media Ethics adopted 21 decisions on complaints regarding reports of TV stations, newspapers and Internet portals.
The Skopje Criminal Court did not allow reporters to attend the trial of the case "Divo Naselje", when eight Macedonian policemen were killed in the city of Kumanovo, because there was allegedly not enough space in court.
Macedonian political parties can not agree on the media sector reform, one of the main points of the Pržino agreement between the government and the opposition. Waiting for the EU mediator Vanhaute, they are accusing each other of wishing to control the media.
According to the journalists syndicate in Macedonia, only 1 % of the media workers in the country are sure about the stability of their employment while and 77 % said that they are fearfull they could lose their job.
The syndicate of journalists and media workers is pushing for collective labor agreement between the workers and the owners. The aim of the agrement is to raise the rights of the workers and to maked unification od the rights for all media, overcoming the resistance of many media owners.
The negotiations about the media regulations towards early elections in Macedonia are mediated with the help of european expert Peter Van Haute. Macedonian experts discuss about the future role of the Macedonian public service MRTV, as well as about the connections between the goverment and private TV stations.